1. Romeo and Juliet and Australian Rules explore both the best and worst in human relationships.’ Discuss INTRODUCTION: Sentence 1: Sentences 2/3: Sentences 4/5: Human relationships are an intricate phenomenon that require a strong connection in order to thrive. When people have a strong connection, their relationship most likely brings the best out in both of them and is beneficial to each party. If the connection is not strong, the relationship can become hateful, violent and even create murderous tendencies as depicted in both texts. The texts illustrate two lovers who, contrary to external circumstances, find love in each other. In Romeo and Juliet, the pair find each other and trouble follows, the trouble tests their relationship and connection. Australian rules however, outlines a pair of teenagers who find each other through hardship and support each other through the tough times. Sentences 6/7 The ancient grudge introduced immediately in the prologue of Romeo and Juliet instils hate and violence between two rich families who despise each other for no real reason other than the stigmatisation created through this ancient grudge. On the other hand, Australian rules also embodies an ancient grudge but rather than being because of families or power, it is fuelled by racial discrimination and segregation. Sentence 8 Love driven from hate, hate driven from love, these texts truly show the best and worst of human relationships. Body Para 1 Sentence 1: romantic love is a bond between two that cuts through circumstantial conditions and regardless of situation, the bond never breaks. Sentences 2-6 Romeo and Juliet beautifully shows how when people are mad in love, they will stop at nothing to keep the relationship strong. This was shown when Romeo entered the Capulet household just to see Juliet. “For stony limits cannot hold love out”. He risks the confidentiality of their relationship and even possibly his life, just to see Juliet. Their romantic love is established when they first kiss and their connection becomes evident, the way they can immediately retain an intimate conversation almost as if they have known each other for years, displays how the two’s relationship will become one of romance and love” Thus from my lips, by thine, my sin is purged,” “Then have my lips the sin that they have took.” . Ensure you use quotes to support your ideas Sentences 7 while Australian rules possesses many traits regarding love and connection like the ones in Romeo and Juliet, it is also quite dissimilar in regards to Romeo and Juliet’s love at first sight theme. Clarence and Blackie crossed paths multiple times and there was always a romantic awkwardness about their interactions but it was not until conflict between Dunby and Blackie arose when they truly explored this connection. Similarly to Romeo and Juliet, their conversation flowed effortlessly and they both were able to play along with the romantic conversation that arose. “Gary black, the supernova of seduction has the gorgeous Clarence under his cosmic spell.” This led to their kiss which began a relationship that eventually led to the pair seeking a better life and leaving the town together. Sentence 8 The romantic love in Australian rules shows the comforting and empathetic side of romance, through tough times, Blackie and Clarence found a shoulder to cry on, each other’s. This emotional vulnerability brought them closer together and created a romantic bond that they promise to be ever long. “you are my first, my last, my everything.” This symbolises their immediate dedication to each other through tough times. Sentence 9 Body Para 3 The texts explore the subtle elegance of romantic relationships, while each relationships have different features, they are equally meaningful. Sentence 1: conflict is a surprisingly prominent theme in romantic relationships, it truly shines light on both the best and worst of human nature. Arguments can arise because someone is truly concerned in another person’s safety and they can also begin because of hatred and disrespect. Sentences 2-6 In Romeo and Juliet, the ancient grudge leads to violence, death and hate. The Montague and Capulet families have an ancient grudge that instils hateful values and violent tendencies. But, Australian rules’ grudge regards racial background and colour of skin. Both grudges cause conflict, hate and eventually lead to death and injury. Similarly to Romeo and Juliet, the father figure of Blackie, is abusive and cannot fathom being turned on or disobeyed, this is a key reason as to why he left the family when Gary stood up to him and refused to put up with him. Unlike Gary. and Clarence’s which situation ended with them leaving the town happily, Romeo and Juliet both ended up dead. This could be a modern representation of Romeo and Juliet’s death, instead of the pair paying the ultimate price for love they give up their old lives to be with each other. The giving up of their old life and leaving the town they love could have been seen as the ultimate price before the conflict arose. Sentence 8 the film clearly displayed racism and violence, the entire climax began with an act of violence. Once Blackie intercepted the “thumper” by blocking him and effectively kamikazeing himself, the grand final was won but many more violent acts then came afterwards. Sentence 9 human relationships can be manipulated by emotions and with a combination of the wrong emotions, a good relationship can quickly turn bad. CONCLUSION When a group of people come together, the type of relationship created can vary depending on the party’s attitude and approach to the relationship. A bad attitude can create a violent, hate filled relationship, but a good attitude can create a mutual friendship of even a romantic relationship. Shakespeare suggests that hateful human relationships can only be repaired through romantic love, this was shown through Romeo and Juliet’s relationship. On the other hand, Goldman suggests that any sort of love can unite a group of people, for example, the boys love for footy created a special bond that not even racial differences could get in the way of.